Vallejo Open Studios 2015

Vallejo Open Studios (VOS) is a free, self-guided tour.

Artists will open their studios and shared spaces to the public.
Second weekend of November: Saturday & Sunday, November 7 & 8, 2015, 11am to 5pm

Participate in Vallejo Open Studios 2015!

Happy Spring! It’s time to sign up for Vallejo Open Studios 2015 and to start getting your art ready! Everything you need to know about Open Studios is below. Refer to it as often as you like while the countdown to Open Studios begins! 

DATES AND TIMES
Second weekend of November: Saturday & Sunday, November 7 & 8, 2015, 11am to 5pm.

FEES
The fee is still only $50 for applications received by the Early Bird Deadline of Thursday, April 30. The fee will increase incrementally after that date:

Applications received in April            $50
Applications received in May             $60
Applications received in June            $70
Applications received in July             $80

July 31 is the absolute deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Each participant who pays the fee will:

  • be listed in the artist directory and website
  • have one image in the artist directory and on the website
  • show one piece of their art in a month long exhibit at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum (this is a benefit AND a requirement).

Can’t afford the fee? Hook up with an artist friend(s) and share a space. The group can pay just one fee, in which case, you need to select one image among you for the artist directory. Then select one piece of art among you for the month long museum exhibit.

Here’s another option: let’s say there are five of you in one space and two of you want to pay the fee to be included in the artist directory, website and museum exhibit. Those two people would each apply separately and pay separate fees. Those two artists would each get a listing and one image in the artist directory. Those two people would each have one piece in the museum exhibit. But you would all agree to share space and show everyone’s work.

If you need to discuss finances, please contact us before April 30 to discuss alternatives.

MORE ABOUT SHARED SPACES
Talk to friends; find out who has space to share. You can also contact artists from last year and find out if they know of any sharing alternatives. Maybe you know a shop owner who would love to have you exhibit in their shop. A number of new galleries and studios have opened since last year. Take a stroll through the next Art Walk (second Friday of the month; and talk to artists and shop owners. (Go to http://www.vallejoartwalk.com for details on the Art Walk.) Start planning now!

HOW TO APPLY
Apply on-line at at http://vallejoopenstudios.com/apply2015/
You will have the option of uploading the image with the on-line application.
You will be able to pay the application fee online via PayPal or mail a check to Vallejo Waterfront Artists, P.O. Box 1322, Vallejo CA 94590.

Or you can print the application form here:
http://vallejoopenstudios.com/wp-content/uploads/VallejoOpenStudiosApplication.pdf
and snail mail it, along with a CD of your images to
Vallejo Waterfront Artists, P.O. Box 1322, Vallejo CA 94590.

IMAGE FOR THE ARTIST DIRECTORY AND WEBSITE
Images are due no later than July 31. The image for the Artist Directory does not have to be the same as the piece you will show at the Museum Exhibit. You can apply first and submit an image later if necessary; you can even pay later, but apply soon! Submit one piece of sample art (or submit one vertical AND one horizontal image).

If you don’t have an image ready when you apply you can email it later to info@vallejoopenstudios.com or snail mail it on CD to Vallejo Waterfront Artists, P.O. Box 1322, Vallejo CA 94590.

Files must be jpg. All files need to be of high enough resolution to print at approximately 5” on the long side with 300 dpi (dots per inch) resolution. Name your jpg file in this manner:
Lastname-Firstname.jpg (example: Smith-John.jpg)

RECEPTION AND EXHIBIT AT THE VALLEJO NAVAL AND HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Join the Party! The reception is a great opportunity to fellow artists and their friends and family. Enjoy snacks and beverages, view each other’s work and then pick up available marketing materials on your way out. The Museum has become an integral part of VOS as they make the perfect starting point where visitors can see sample works from the artists and pick up the Artist Directory.

You will show one piece of your work during a month long exhibit. Below are the key dates:

Artist drop off art to museum:            Tues-Sat, Oct 13-17, noon to 4pm

Museum Reception:            Friday, October 23, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Marketing materials will be distributed to Artists during the reception. Another important reason to attend.

Exhibit dates: October 24 – November 21, Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4pm
Note: The Museum stays open during the entire Open Studios tour on November 7 and 8.

Artist pickup their art: Tues-Sat, Nov 24-28, noon to 4pm
Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day

MARKETING MATERIALS

Artist Directory
The Artist Directory includes one sample from each artist who applied and their contact information: studio or gallery name, artist name, address, medium, phone, email, website. These beautiful directories will be available for the public to pick up at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. Artists can pick up copies for distribution at the Museum Reception.

Artist Calendar (Trying it again for the second Year)
For-Sale, Artist Calendar
. Twelve artists will each have one full page to showcase a sample of their creative genius. Twelve artists will contribute $200 each, and in exchange, one piece of your work will be featured in one month of the calendar. This will be designed as a classic style calendar. This year we will again print 1,000 copies, but they will be distributed equally among the 12 participating artists to distribute as you like. Anyone interested, please email us ASAP at info@vallejoopenstudios.com

Postcards
As in the past, postcards will be created for your distribution and will complement the look of the Artist Directory. You also have the option of creating your own. Email us for a copy of the logo to use in your artwork. info@vallejoopenstudios.com

Website
Our website continues to be an important tool for artists, art lovers, and potential visitors to Vallejo Open Studios. Many of our publicity materials will be available for download. We encourage you to visit often, and publicize it as much as possible. Add it to your signature in emails to friends and on facebook!

http://vallejoopenstudios.com/

facebook
Did you know we have a facebook page? We encourage you to visit and “Like Us”. Encourage your friends to like us also. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vallejo-Open-Studios/135076913208429

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS
 You may email us at info@vallejoopenstudios.com, or leave a message at (707) 634-4947.

Note: If you have an artist friend with limited email access, please pass this information on to them.